Blistering Bolt smashes field
Usain Bolt blew away any fears about his fitness and fired a major warning to Justin Gatlin as he blasted to his fastest 100 metres of the year on his return to the Olympic Stadium in London last night.
The world's fastest man, on his first outing for six weeks following a pelvic injury, cruised through the heats at the Sainsbury's Anniversary Games, recovering from a typically slow start to clock 9.87 seconds into a headwind.
The Jamaican stated on the eve of the meeting he had no worries about his shape a month out from the World Championships in Beijing and proved true to his word on the track where he won three Olympic gold medals at London 2012.
The torrential rain had eased a little by the time Bolt took to the track, but these were still far from ideal conditions in which to produce a performance which would have world number one Gatlin, the two-time drug cheat not invited because of his past, sitting up and taking notice.
Bolt, though, managed it and then some.
He came into the meeting ranked 62nd in the world with a best of 10.12secs this year.
He is now up to sixth, with Gatlin still leading the way with 9.74s.